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Law on electric bikes

Does anyone know the Swiss law on electric bikes? Apparently the Swiss and Germans have different rules to the rest of Europe, in that electric assistance can be given at speeds of more than 25 kph, although a special license (for a moped?) may be needed. The operative word is 'Mofazulassung' in Switzerland and 'Kleinkraftrad' in Germany, neither of which mean anything to this Francophone.

Electric bikes seem such an obvious solution to the problems of CO2 and high fuel prices, not to mention cardiac arrest in mountainous areas, that I'm surprised that they aren't more widely used. Price may have something to do with it - a high power version from these people http://www.biketec.ch can cost more than CHF 5,000.
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